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1. Posted by greasy (Budding Member 16 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Myself and a friend are currently planning a trip around selected European countries. We are hoping to able to see the midnight sun in either one of these countries, around what time of the year does this happen and can anyone suggest any decent spots/locations to witness such a thing.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If you wnat to see it this year, you must be quick!

Midnight sun in all of Scandinavia above the arctic circle is approx May - Mid July. The further North you go, the longer the timeframe to experience it. even somewhere liek Stockholm doesn't really get dark, during this period - rather it just has a couple of hours of strange twighlight.

There's no one place that's any better or worse really - Tromsø in Norway is the biggest city north of the arctic circle in Scandinavia (second only to Murmansk in the world), and a surprisingly lively city. But you can see it anywhere up there.

Also, there's always a special feeling when you go to Nordkapp - the furthest point North in mainland Norway, which is further North than the Northernmost point in Alaska - and seeing the Midnight sun there is worthwhile if you can.


3. Posted by greasy (Budding Member 16 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for that, most appreciative.

One more question, I've had a quick ganders at how to get there and I'm still none the wiser. How on did you manage to navigate there?

4. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You can get there by plain or by train or by boat. the last option is pretty expensive, takes some time, but it is incredibly scenic. The boat trip in question is called Hurtingrutten, if I remember correctly. However it is awfully cold and rainy in Scandinavia this year, not much sun either day or night. Pity :(

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hurtigrutren is definitely worth doing for the scenery, although it's not the cheapest, seems to have large numbers of OAPs on board and as BasiaAlm says, the weatehr has been truly dire in Scandinavia so far this year, so chances are it will rain, and the midnight sun has been more of a midnight semi dark and cloudy affair